At Scott-Broadwood our school value LOVE supports our intent to foster a love of music and singing by making it part of every child’s daily school life. We believe that music develops the whole child by providing an enjoyable, engaging and creative experience that every child can access. Children achieve success in mastering musical concepts and skills in a nurturing environment and our curriculum is enriched due to a strong musical element. Our school value ACHIEVE supports our children to develop an understanding, knowledge and appreciation of music and they leave having had the opportunity to develop instrumental skills, perform in different settings and explore self-expression through our rich music curriculum. This all supports our mission to make learning fun and creative. We aim to offer high quality live music experiences and performance opportunities through assemblies, school productions and concerts. We hope to ignite a life-long appreciation of music and reinforce our value BELIEVE so our children dream big and feel enabled to progress their musical knowledge and skills as they move on to the next stage in their education.
All year groups receive specialist music lessons each week based on the Kodaly Method of teaching and delivered by an experienced, qualified teacher in our dedicated Music Room. The Kodaly approach is based on using the universal instrument of the voice and folk music to develop the skills of children from a young age. It encourages creativity and collaboration in groups, providing many opportunities for creative communication between children in class. There is a clear progression of skills across the year groups with progress tracked termly. Singing assemblies regularly provide an opportunity for children to develop their singing and to deepen their spiritual engagement with the hymns and songs performed. In class, children have an opportunity from Reception to Year 2 to develop instrumental skills as they learn how to play a range of untuned and tuned percussion for example the recorder and the ukulele in modules across the year. There are regular opportunities for all our children to perform to audiences including the Nativity, Class assemblies, Year 2 leaving assembly, Harvest and Easter and the Summer Pageant. There is also a weekly music club where children can hone their skills even further. We have live music performances from students at the local Yehudi Menuhin School where children are able to hear a wide variety of instruments performing and take part in projects with Farlingham School. We are also developing a link with the Duke of Kent School. Our school has recently become a Singing Playground School with the aim of developing young leaders to lead singing on the playground with the support of members of staff and the material available online through the online resources provided. As a Music Mark school we are constantly seeking to develop the provision on offer to our young musicians and we aim to develop further outreach opportunities in our local area.
Our children enjoy performing and are confident musicians, exploring the world of sounds, developing their skills and talents and creating musical ideas of their own. We foster a love of singing with each other every week and children learn to be brave and experiment with their ideas. They have a developing knowledge of musical language and are able to use this to help them understand and engage with the rich musical heritage of their own culture and of other cultures around the world.